This RDH Technical Bulletin covers the glazing component of fenestration systems.
Glass-clad commercial and residential towers are a popular form of construction—most everyone wants big views and lots of sunlight. Today’s fenestration systems (windows) are more advanced and more efficient to install than ever before. As a result, entire building façades are being constructed of pre-manufactured glass and aluminum modules as unitized curtain wall or window wall. These modern glazing systems are high performance and durable when manufactured and installed correctly and require very little maintenance in the first 10 to 20 years in service. The glazing itself is likely to require virtually no maintenance over the initial 20 years. Unfortunately, this is when the party often ends.
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How to reference this bulletin:
Glass and Glazing on Our Tall Towers, RDH Technical Bulletin No. 007. RDH Building Science Inc., June 2013. https://learnbuildingscience.com/products/rdh-bulletin-glass-and-glazing-on-our-tall-towers.